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What a Soldier Did at President Obama's Farewell Address to Troops Sums Up His Time as Commander-in-Chief


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President Obama appeared for the last time as Commander-in-Chief to give a farewell address to the troops.

The president inspected the troops during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Virginia.

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He looked the sailors and soldiers up and down as they stood at attention in full military dress.

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President Obama awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

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The president stood during the national anthem, and yes, he put his hand over his heart this time.

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President Obama gave a somber speech to the troops.

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He saluted their service and their sacrifice to this country.

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He paid his highest respects to the men and women in uniform who fight and die for this country.

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The president thought about those men and women who have served with him throughout his time in office.

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Under President Obama, America's troops have seen the Iraq War ended, the War in Afghanistan drag on, the bloody conflict in Syria escalate after a “red line” declaration, an invasion into Libya leading to it become a failed state and terrorist haven, servicemen abandoned at Benghazi, and the rise of ISIS.

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During his farewell review, a member of Obama's Honor Guard collapsed on the floor in front of the Commander-in-Chief.

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A fitting ending to eight long, exhausting years for America's troops under Obama.